Visual Culture

This unit is focused on the act of looking and the role of images and representations in our world. After studying current cultural theory about images, we will apply these concepts to our viewing of films.

Essential Questions

In addition to our class Essential Questions, this unit asks:
  • What is the human impulse to reproduce the world around us in image form?
  • What is the value of art?
  • What is the tension between an “original” and a “reproduction”?
  • What truth is captured in an image?

What you should be able to do as a result of this unit

  • Articulate your understanding of the need and desire for humans to create re-images of their world
  • Define your own idea of the value of art
  • Discuss and analyze the different ways cinema captures a “truth”

Mon 3/3 – Tues 3/4

Intro to Unit


  • Working with your assigned group, you will identify the new information, significant information, key terms, and confusing information for us to discuss the text
  • Find another image that relates to your assigned section of Practices of Looking. Print it out! so that you may include it on your group’s poster to help support the main ideas of your section and apply it to your own visual culture. Then, write a response in your journal about how the image connects to your topic. Use both details from the image and evidence from the text to support your understanding.

Fri 3/6 & Mon 3/9
cont. with prepping for presentations

Presentations on Practices of Looking

  • Applying understanding to images

Wed 3/10
Introduction to original vs. reproductions, documentaries, and Banksy

John Berger Ways of Seeing — Watch the video below and Ways of Seeing Viewing Guide

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

HW: Finish prep for quiz on conceptsIntroduction to original vs. reproductions, documentaries, and Banksy

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Fri 3/13 – Tues 3/17
Overview of expectations for remote learning

Watching Exit for Wed’s meeting time

  • Respond to two questions on Google classroom for Wednesday

Complete google form for streaming availability

Wed 3/18
Video Overview

Preparing for discussion on Exit

Thurs 3/19 & Fri 3/20
Login to Google meet for Socratic Seminar on Exit

  • Tracking your partner

See Google Classroom for day of meeting

Mon 3/23
Group 2 for Google Meet for Socratic Seminar

Writing the response to Exit

Wed 3/25 – Tues 3/31

Choice of film to apply concepts of visual culture

  • Obey Giant – Hulu
  • Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened – Netflix
  • Fyre Fraud – Hulu
  • Marie Antoinette – Crackle (free with some commericals…will need adblocker off)
  • Children of Men – Hulu with Starz (is it just on Starz?)

Posts, Discussion, and Response


Thurs 4/2
Starting the Response (see video on writing process on google classroom)

Mon 4/6 & Wed 4/8
Continue drafting

Sign up for writing conference

Revision and submit response on Wed 4/8

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